Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africahttp://www.peaceau.org/Peace and Security, African Union, RSS FeedenThursday 23 May 2024 Thursday 23 May 2024 5Peace and Security Department, African Union, ending conflicts and sustaining peace in Africa/images/logo-african-union-peace-and-security-by-kodjo-en.gif<![CDATA[Call For Applications: 1st Cohort of the Network of African Youth in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (WiseYouth Network) ]]>/en/article/call-for-applications-1st-cohort-of-the-network-of-african-youth-in-conflict-prevention-and-mediation-wiseyouth-networkCall For Applications: 1st Cohort of the Network of African Youth in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (WiseYouth Network) 

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<![CDATA[MEDIA ADVISORY: High-Level 20th Anniversary Colloquium of the Peace and Security Council]]>/en/article/media-advisory-high-level-20th-anniversary-colloquium-of-the-peace-and-security-council

What:

The African Union Peace and Security Council will hold a 20th Anniversary High-Level Colloquium on the theme: “20 Years of the AU PSC as a Standing Decision-Making Organ: The Next 2 Decades of the Peace and Security We Want in Africa.”

When:

25 May 2024, at 0900 Hours EAT. The media is also invited for a press conference at 1700 Hours EAT

Preceding the Colloquium, PSC will address a public lecture interfacing with stakeholders, institutions and students at the University of Dar es Salaam on Friday, 24 May 2024 at 1500 Hours.          

Where:

Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Why:

The Colloquium will be a platform to deliberate on 20 Years of the AU PSC’s role as the Standing Decision-Making Organ, focusing on key milestones and challenges to be addressed to further strengthen the institutional capacity of the PSC to deliver its mandate more effectively. It will include a high-level panel discussion leading to the adoption of a Declaration on 20 Years of the AU PSC as the Standing Decision-Making Organ.

Who:

Participants include PSC Member States, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms, AU Commission, Civil Society Organisations, United Nations Agencies, among others. The event will be addressed by:

  • H.E. Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, President of Mauritania, AU Chairperson
  • H.E. Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, President of Tanzania and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of May 2024.
  • H.E. Adama Barrow, President of The Gambia
  • H.E. Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda
  • H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission
  • H.E. January Makamba, Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Tanzania
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<![CDATA[Arrival Statement: African Union Election Observation Mission to the 29 May 2024 General Elections in The Republic of South Africa]]>/en/article/arrival-statement-african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-29-may-2024-general-elections-in-the-republic-of-south-africaThe African Union Commission (AUC) announces the arrival of its election observation mission (AUEOM) for the 29 May 2024 General Elections in the Republic of South Africa. At the invitation of the Government of South Africa and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, approved the deployment of the short-term AUEOM to assess and report on the conduct of this election.

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2024-05-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/arrival-statement-african-union-election-observation-mission-to-the-29-may-2024-general-elections-in-the-republic-of-south-africa
<![CDATA[Press Statement of the 1212th Meeting of the PSC held on 20 May 2024, on the attempted coup d’état in the Democratic Republic of Congo]]>/en/article/press-statement-of-the-1212th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-20-may-2024-on-the-attempted-coup-d-etat-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congoThe Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) its 1212th meeting, held on 20 May 2024, received a briefing on the attempted coup d’état in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the night of 18 to 19 May 2024.

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2024-05-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-of-the-1212th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-20-may-2024-on-the-attempted-coup-d-etat-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
<![CDATA[African Union and IGAD Strengthen Cooperation to Implement the AU Border Governance Strategy and Promote Cross-Border Cooperation among Member States]]>/en/article/african-union-and-igad-strengthen-cooperation-to-implement-the-au-border-governance-strategy-and-promote-cross-border-cooperation-among-member-statesThe African Union Commission (AUC) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) united in a pivotal regional sensitization workshop on the African Union Better Integrated Border Governance Strategy from 13 to 14 May 2024 in Entebbe, Uganda. This collaborative workshop, a crucial step in the implementation of the AU Border Governance Strategy, aimed to sensitize the IGAD Secretariat and the IGAD member states on the strategy, and to establish a foundation for coordinating its implementation with existing IGAD border-related strategies. 

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2024-05-15 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/african-union-and-igad-strengthen-cooperation-to-implement-the-au-border-governance-strategy-and-promote-cross-border-cooperation-among-member-states
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1210th Meeting of the PSC held on 13 May 2024, on considering the African Common Position on the 4th United Nations Conference to Review the Progress made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects]]>/en/article/c-1Adopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1210th meeting held on 13 May 2024 considering the African Common Position on the 4th United Nations Conference to Review the Progress made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects.

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling previous Assembly Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.843 (XXXVI)] adopted during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Union, held on 18-19 February 2023, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, directing the AU Commission to, amongst others, initiate a process of elaborating an African Common Position to guide AU Member States during the 4th Review Conference of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (UNPoA);

Also recalling previous decisions and pronouncements on the commemoration of the Africa Amnesty Month and related themes, particularly, Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1105 (2022)] adopted at its 1105th meeting held on 15 September 2022;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Innocent Shiyo, Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the AU and the Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for May 2024, the presentation by Mr. Raphael Somi, Chairperson of the PSC Committee of Experts for the month of May 2024; and the presentation by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security;

Reiterating AU’s commitment towards the implementation of the AU Master Roadmap of Practical Steps to Silence the Guns in Africa by 2030 and AU’s determination to rid Africa of illicit small arms and light weapons to realize a peaceful Continent; and

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<![CDATA[Opening Remarks of Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, PhD, African Union Director of Conflict Management Directorate, at the IGAD/AU Commission Regional Workshop on the AU Border Governance Strategy, Entebbe, Uganda, 13-14 MAY 2024 ]]>/en/article/opening-remarks-of-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-phd-african-union-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-at-the-igad-au-commission-regional-workshop-on-the-au-border-governance-strategy-entebbe-uganda-13-14-may-2024Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning,

I wish to thank the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development for having accepted to co-organize this workshop with the AU. This gesture symbolizes the commitment of the IGAD to collaborate with the African Union Commission through the African Union Border Programme on the implementation of the AU Border Governance Strategy. Let me also thank the Member States, who, despite their busy schedules, responded to our joint invitation. It is an eloquent illustration of the importance you attach to this regional workshop on the AU Border Governance Strategy. We appreciate and thank you for that. We extend our profound gratitude to the Government and People of the Republic of Uganda for hosting this workshop and for their legendary hospitality.  

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2024-05-13 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-remarks-of-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-phd-african-union-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-at-the-igad-au-commission-regional-workshop-on-the-au-border-governance-strategy-entebbe-uganda-13-14-may-2024
<![CDATA[Marking the 20th Anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Building a Secure, Peaceful and Prosperous Africa]]>/en/article/marking-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-reaffirming-our-collective-commitment-to-building-a-secure-peaceful-and-prosperous-africaIn this month of May, we commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of the official launch of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) that took place on 25 May 2004.

Throughout the month, we will reflect on the significant strides made by the Council for the past 20 years in promoting peace, security and stability across Africa.

The commemoration will run throughout the whole year of 2024, but the month of May, being the month in which the PSC was officially launched will have the grand activities with the active participation of all AU Member States, AU Organs, Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (RECs/RMs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), think tanks, academic institutions, as well as bilateral and multilateral partners.

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2024-05-10 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/marking-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-reaffirming-our-collective-commitment-to-building-a-secure-peaceful-and-prosperous-africa
<![CDATA[MEDIA ADVISORY: Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary: Exhibition of Humanitarian Action, Peace, and Security in Africa]]>/en/article/media-advisory-commemoration-of-the-20th-anniversary-exhibition-of-humanitarian-action-peace-and-security-in-africa

What:

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) is organizing an Exhibition Day on Humanitarian, Peace, and Security as a key activity in commemorating its 20th Anniversary. This event is part of a series of activities and PSC sessions scheduled from March to December 2024, aimed at assessing the Council's evolution and its discharge of mandate.

 When:

Monday, 13 May 2024, at 10:00 am (EAT).

Where:

 

 

Why:

 

Lobby area, the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Political Affairs, Peace, and Security Building, African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The exhibition aims to showcase the African Union (AU) Commission’s Humanitarian Action efforts on the continent. It is an opportunity for humanitarian agencies to highlight their work in the continent. Over the years, the PSC has engaged and partnered with various stakeholders to prevent, manage, and resolve conflicts, as well as to address humanitarian situations.

Who:

 

 

 

 

 

 

AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs), United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), United Nations Agencies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and other invited partners and guests.

During the Exhibition, the following dignitaries will make short statements:

  • PSC Chairperson
  • Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security
  • Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development
  • Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the AU and Head of UNOAU

Partners such as the World Food Programme (WFP) and ICRC will exhibit their activities and provide a visual map of their humanitarian diplomacy in Africa.

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<![CDATA[Statement by H.E. Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission, on the occasion of the commemoration of the 31st World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2024 ]]>/en/article/statement-by-h-e-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-occasion-of-the-commemoration-of-the-31st-world-press-freedom-day-3-may-2024As we commemorate the 31st World Press Freedom Day, the African Union Commission joins the international community to commemorate the 2024 International World Press Freedom Day. The theme of this 31st  anniversary, "A Press for the Planet: Journalism in the face of the environmental crisis," emphasizes the indispensable role of a free and independent press in illuminating the challenges of the global environmental crisis that are intrinsically linked to our pursuit of peace and prosperity in Africa. 

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2024-05-06 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/statement-by-h-e-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-african-union-commission-on-the-occasion-of-the-commemoration-of-the-31st-world-press-freedom-day-3-may-2024
<![CDATA[PRESS RELEASE: 3rd Specialized Training for AU Election Observers concluded in Rabat ]]>/en/article/press-release-3rd-specialized-training-for-au-election-observers-concluded-in-rabatThe African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates organized the 3rd edition of the Specialized Training for African Union Election Observers from April 29th to May 3rd 2024, Rabat, Morocco.

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<![CDATA[Opening remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, peace, and Security at Third Specialized training of AU Election Observers, 30th April 2024, Rabat, Morocco ]]>/en/article/opening-remarks-by-his-execellency-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-third-specialized-training-of-au-election-observers-30th-april-2024-rabat-moroccoYour Excellency Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African cooperation, and Moroccan expatriates,

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Course participants,

Ladies, and gentlemen,

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2024-05-01 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-remarks-by-his-execellency-ambassador-bankole-adeoye-commissioner-for-political-affairs-peace-and-security-at-third-specialized-training-of-au-election-observers-30th-april-2024-rabat-morocco
<![CDATA[PEACE DIVIDENDS: Newsletter of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security - April 2024 – Vol. 2, Issue 2]]>/en/article/peace-dividends-newsletter-of-the-department-of-political-affairs-peace-and-security-april-2024-vol-2-issue-2PEACE DIVIDENDS: Newsletter of the Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security - April 2024 – Vol. 2, Issue 2

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2024-04-30 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/peace-dividends-newsletter-of-the-department-of-political-affairs-peace-and-security-april-2024-vol-2-issue-2
<![CDATA[Press Release: 27th Statutory Meeting of the Fifth Panel of the Wise: Strategic Directions and Leadership Transition]]>/en/article/press-release-27th-statutory-meeting-of-the-fifth-panel-of-the-wise-strategic-directions-and-leadership-transitionThe Fifth Panel of the Wise convened its 27th Statutory Meeting on 27 April 2024, at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Esteemed members, namely Professor Babacar Kante, former Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Senegal and Chairperson of the Panel; H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, former President of Burundi; H.E. Amre Moussa, former Foreign Minister of Egypt; and Hon. Lady Justice Effie Owuor, retired Judge of the Court of Appeals of Kenya; deliberated on strategies to enhance peace, security, and stability across Africa.

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2024-04-30 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-27th-statutory-meeting-of-the-fifth-panel-of-the-wise-strategic-directions-and-leadership-transition
<![CDATA[Remarks by Dr. Alhadji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate, at the Meeting of the United Nations Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Africa]]>/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhadji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-at-the-meeting-of-the-united-nations-ad-hoc-working-group-on-conflict-prevention-and-resolution-in-africaThank you, President, Ambassador Pedro Comissário Afonso, for your excellent introductory statement. Thank you, ASGs Martha Pobee and Lisa Buttenheim, for your statements on implementing resolution 2719 (2023). Similarly, the African Union (AU) welcomes the participation of the Security Council Report, Center of International Cooperation, and Amani Africa in today’s crucial meeting.

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2024-04-30 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhadji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-at-the-meeting-of-the-united-nations-ad-hoc-working-group-on-conflict-prevention-and-resolution-in-africa
<![CDATA[Press Release: African Union Commission Deploys Election Observation Mission to the Republic of South Africa to observe the 29 May 2024 General Elections]]>/en/article/press-release-african-union-commission-deploys-election-observation-mission-to-the-republic-of-south-africa-to-observe-the-29-may-2024-general-electionsThe Republic of South Africa is scheduled to hold General Elections on 29 May 2024. As the country makes final preparations towards this end, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, will deploy an African Union Election Observation Mission (AUEOM) to South Africa.

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2024-04-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-african-union-commission-deploys-election-observation-mission-to-the-republic-of-south-africa-to-observe-the-29-may-2024-general-elections
<![CDATA[Press Statement of the Joint AU/IGAD High-Level Panel on the Situation in Sudan - April 29, 2024]]>/en/article/press-statement-of-the-joint-au-igad-high-level-panel-on-the-situation-in-sudan-april-29-2024The tragic development of the military and humanitarian situation in Sudan arouses deep concern of the Joint AU/IGAD High-Level Panel. The escalation of confrontations between The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in the areas of El Fasher, in North Darfur and Kordofan, in Babanoussa, constitutes a real threat to the security of civilian populations in these two localities as elsewhere in The Sudan. The attacks by the RSF on the town of El Fasher, where camps shelter thousands of Displaced persons, carries the risk of huge civilian deaths, and violation of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Laws.

For this reason, the Joint AU/IGAD High-Level Panel joins the Chairperson of the AU Commission in launching strong appeals to the belligerents to immediately put an end to their hostilities and engage in the search for a peaceful solution to their differences. 

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2024-04-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-statement-of-the-joint-au-igad-high-level-panel-on-the-situation-in-sudan-april-29-2024
<![CDATA[Opening Statement at the Consultative workshop to review the Prevention-Focused Human Rights Analytical Framework (PHRAF), AMM, and CEWS Human Rights indicators, by Mr. Issaka Garba Abdou, Head of Governance and Human Rights Division of the Governance and Conflicts Prevention Directorate, Political Affairs, Peace and Security, African Union Commission, 29 April to 2nd May 2024, Nairobi - Kenya]]>/en/article/opening-statement-at-the-consultative-workshop-to-review-the-prevention-focused-human-rights-analytical-framework-phraf-amm-and-cews-human-rights-indicators-by-mr-issaka-garba-abdou-head-of-governance-and-human-rights-division-of-the-governance-and-confMadam Maymuchka Lauriston, Deputy Regional Representative · UNOHCHR Representative to the AU and East Africa Regional Office;

Col. David Ngare, Head of Peace and Security Research of the International Peace Support Training Center

H.E. Mr. Jean-Jacques Demafouth, ECCAS Representative to the AU;

Distinguished Representatives of IGAD, COMESA

Madam Abiola Rasidat Idowu Ojo, A.g. Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights;

Representative of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights;

Representative of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child;

Distinguished Representatives of the NANHRI Secretariat and National Human Rights Commissions;

Distinguished Representatives of Civil Society Organizations;

Dear Colleagues from AUC and UNOHCHR

 

All protocols duly observed.

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2024-04-29 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-statement-at-the-consultative-workshop-to-review-the-prevention-focused-human-rights-analytical-framework-phraf-amm-and-cews-human-rights-indicators-by-mr-issaka-garba-abdou-head-of-governance-and-human-rights-division-of-the-governance-and-conf
<![CDATA[3rd Specialized Training for AU Election Observers and 1st Dialogue-Seminar on Elections and Democracy in Africa: A Crucial Step towards Democratic Advancement ]]>/en/article/3rd-specialized-training-for-au-election-observers-and-1st-dialogue-seminar-on-elections-and-democracy-in-africa-a-crucial-step-towards-democratic-advancementThe African Union Commission, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates will organize the 3rd Specialized Training for African Union Election Observers from April 29th to May 3rd 2024, Rabat, Morocco. The Commission will also launch the inaugural Dialogue-Seminar on Elections and Democracy in Africa on May 2nd, in collaboration with the Policy Center for the New South, member of the African Union Network of Think Tanks for Peace (Nett4Peace).

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2024-04-26 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/3rd-specialized-training-for-au-election-observers-and-1st-dialogue-seminar-on-elections-and-democracy-in-africa-a-crucial-step-towards-democratic-advancement
<![CDATA[Media Advisory: Meeting of the Expanded Mechanism on Sudan and Press Conference of the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan Following its Recent Shuttle Diplomacy in the East African Region - Monday 29 April 2024]]>/en/article/media-advisory-meeting-of-the-expanded-mechanism-on-sudan-and-press-conference-of-the-au-high-level-panel-on-sudan-following-its-recent-shuttle-diplomacy-in-the-east-african-region-monday-29-april-2024INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: The members of the African Union High-Level Panel on Sudan (HLP-Sudan) will brief media representatives in Addis Ababa on the Panel’s activities and plans, including the outcomes of their recent shuttle diplomacy missions to East African countries, namely; South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, from 23 to 28 April 2024.

The press conference will be preceded by a meeting of the Expanded Mechanism on Sudan, which will deliberate on recent political and security developments, including a: i) Briefing by the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan on its activities and plans for the next phase; ii) Briefing by the conveners of the Jeddah Process on preparations for the next round of negotiations; iii) Briefing by the conveners of the Paris Conference on its outcomes and iv) Briefing by the UN on the recent UNSC meeting on Sudan.

When:   Monday 29 April 2024.

Where:  Small Conference Room 3, New Conference Centre, African Union Headquarters.

Time:     2:00. pm. – 4: 00. pm. (EAT)

Who:  The African Union High-Level Panel on Sudan (HLP-Sudan) is composed of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns (Chairperson); H.E. Dr. Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe, Former Vice President of the Republic of Uganda (Member) and; H.E. Amb. Francisco Madeira, Former Special Representative of the Chairperson of the Commission (SRCC) to Somalia and Head of AMISOM/ATMIS (Member).

Why:  The African Union High-Level Panel on Sudan (HLP-Sudan) was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Mousa Faki Mahamat, in January 2024, following the conclusion of the 1185th AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) meeting, held at the ministerial level, on 15 November 2023, requesting the Chairperson to appoint such a Panel to mediate the Sudanese conflict.

The Panel is mandated to work with all Sudanese stakeholders; “all civilian forces, military belligerents and regional and global actors including the IGAD, UN and League of Arab States, to ensure an all-inclusive process towards the swift restoration of peace, constitutional order and stability in Sudan”.  The mandate is anchored on the pillars of the AU Roadmap for Conflict Resolution in Sudan approved by the PSC at the Heads of State level under the Chairmanship of H.E. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in May 2023.

To realize its mandate, the HLP-Sudan has recently undertaken shuttle diplomacy missions to Sudan and neighbouring countries to understand their perspectives of the conflict and how it impacts their country and to solicit their support for the HLP-Sudan’s activities to launch an inclusive political process amongst all Sudanese.

Media representatives are invited to cover the opening ceremony of the Expanded Mechanism on Sudan meeting and the press conference of the members of the AU High-Level Panel on Sudan following its recent shuttle diplomacy engagements, mainly in the East African region.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Fiona Lortan | Senior Political Officer | Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department | African Union Commission I E-mail: FionaL@africa-union.org    

For media enquiries, please contact:  

Mr. Paschal Chem-Langhee | Communications Coordinator | Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department | African Union Commission I Email: chem-langheep@africa-union.org

Mr. Gamal Eldin Ahmed A. Karrar | Senior Communication Officer| African Union Commission I Email: gamalk@africa-union.org

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<![CDATA[Joint Communiqué: Inaugural Annual Joint Consultative Meeting between the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Mediation and Security Council (at Ambassadorial level) of the Economic Community of West African States - Abuja, Nigeria, 24 April 2024]]>/en/article/joint-communique-inaugural-annual-joint-consultative-meeting-between-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-and-the-mediation-and-security-council-at-ambassadorial-level-of-the-economic-community-of-west-african-states-abuja-nigeria-24-april-2024The African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) and the Mediation and Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS MSC – Ambassadorial Level) held their Inaugural Annual Joint Consultative Meeting at the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, on 24 April 2024. The meeting was convened to deliberate on peace and security issues within the framework of the ongoing implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA), as well as the African Governance Architecture (AGA);

The Joint Consultative Meeting was Co-Chaired by H.E. Ambassador Musa NUHU, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ECOWAS, Chair, ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council and H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the AU and Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council. H.E. Ambassador Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS Commissioner Political Affairs Peace and Security and H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner, Political Affairs Peace and Security participated and made statements at the meeting;

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2024-04-25 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/joint-communique-inaugural-annual-joint-consultative-meeting-between-the-african-union-peace-and-security-council-and-the-mediation-and-security-council-at-ambassadorial-level-of-the-economic-community-of-west-african-states-abuja-nigeria-24-april-2024
<![CDATA[Fourth African Union and China Dialogue on Human and Peoples’ Rights]]>/en/article/fourth-african-union-and-china-technical-dialogue-on-human-and-peoples-rightsThe Fourth African Union and China Dialogue on Human and Peoples’ Rights took place on 22 April 2024 at the Headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This important event availed the two parties the opportunity to discuss and make concrete recommendations to pressing human rights concerns in both regions.

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2024-04-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/fourth-african-union-and-china-technical-dialogue-on-human-and-peoples-rights
<![CDATA[Opening Remarks By Libakiso Matlho, AU PCRD Executive Secretary at a Workshop on developing an African Union Guideline on Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Needs of Persons in Conflict, Emergency, and Post-conflict Situations: 23-25 April 2024]]>/en/article/opening-remarks-by-libakiso-matlho-au-pcrd-executive-secretary-at-a-workshop-on-developing-an-african-union-guideline-on-addressing-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-needs-of-persons-in-conflict-emergency-and-post-conflict-situations-23-25-april-2024Theme: “Towards Developing an African Union Guideline on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Persons in Conflict, Emergency and Post-Conflict Situations”

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2024-04-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-remarks-by-libakiso-matlho-au-pcrd-executive-secretary-at-a-workshop-on-developing-an-african-union-guideline-on-addressing-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-needs-of-persons-in-conflict-emergency-and-post-conflict-situations-23-25-april-2024
<![CDATA[Opening Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the African Union and Stand-In Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for April 2024 - Inaugural Joint Consultation between the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) and ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) at Ambassadorial level - Abuja, Nigeria, 24 April 2024]]>/en/article/opening-remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-jainaba-jagne-permanent-representative-of-the-republic-of-the-gambia-to-the-african-union-and-stand-in-chairperson-of-the-peace-and-security-council-for-april-2024-inaugural-joint-consultation-between-the-au-peace-and-sExcellency Co-Chair, Ambassador Musa Nuhu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ECOWAS, Chair of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council;

Excellencies, Members of the African Union Peace and Security Council and Members of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council;

Excellency, Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security

Excellency, Ambassador  Abdel-Fatau Musah, ECOWAS Commissioner Political Affairs Peace and Security

Ladies and Gentlemen;

Sisters and brothers from the media fraternity

All protocols observed, good morning,

At the outset, allow me to introduce myself as we are meeting for the first time in this format as members of the AUPSC and ECOWAS MSC. My name is Jainaba Jagne, I am the Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the African Union and the Chairperson of the Peace and Security Council for the month of April 2024. I will be co-chairing this important inaugural meeting today with my brother Ambassador Musa Nuhu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to ECOWAS and Chair of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council who we just heard from. My brother Ambassador Nuhu, I thank you very much for your efforts towards making this inaugural meeting happen. Let me also express our gratitude to you for being our generous host. 

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2024-04-24 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/opening-remarks-by-h-e-ambassador-jainaba-jagne-permanent-representative-of-the-republic-of-the-gambia-to-the-african-union-and-stand-in-chairperson-of-the-peace-and-security-council-for-april-2024-inaugural-joint-consultation-between-the-au-peace-and-s
<![CDATA[Towards Developing an African Union Guideline on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Persons in Conflict, Emergency and Post-Conflict Situations ]]>/en/article/towards-developing-an-african-union-guideline-on-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-to-persons-in-conflict-emergency-and-post-conflict-situationsThe African Union (AU) is organizing a workshop on developing an AU guideline for addressing the mental health and psychosocial support needs of persons in conflict, emergency, and post-conflict situations from 23 to 25 April 2024 in Monrovia, Liberia. The workshop will bring together experts and practitioners in peace and security, health, human rights, humanitarian aid workers, migration experts, civil society organizations and representatives from communities working on mental health and well-being.   

The participants will review an initial draft developed in 2023 to incorporate best practices for protecting and promoting mental health and psychosocial well-being in conflict, emergencies, and post-conflict contexts. They will also exchange views on strategies to ensure effective responses in AU and UN programmes addressing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) at the continental, regional, and national levels. Participants will equally examine ways of improving MHPSS mainstreaming in the AU’s work, showcase examples of meaningful community participation and empowerment, and design and promote approaches and methodologies for more impactful investments, joint planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation in promoting MHPSS across the African continent in line with Agenda 2030, Agenda 2063, the revised AU PCRD Policy and AU Peace and Security Council decisions.

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2024-04-22 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/towards-developing-an-african-union-guideline-on-mental-health-and-psychosocial-support-to-persons-in-conflict-emergency-and-post-conflict-situations
<![CDATA[Joint Communiqué: The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security Holds its Twenty Third Consultative Meeting]]>/en/article/joint-communique-the-united-nations-african-union-joint-task-force-on-peace-and-security-holds-its-twenty-third-consultative-meetingNew York, 16 April— The United Nations-African Union Joint Task Force on Peace and Security held its twenty third consultative meeting on 16 April, in New York.

The meeting reviewed the status of the partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU), with an update on the implementation of the Joint UN-AU Framework for Enhanced Partnership in Peace and Security. In this context, the meeting discussed peace and security developments in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Libya, Mozambique, Somalia, the Sudan and South Sudan, as well as West Africa and the Sahel region. The meeting also discussed the way forward following the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2719 (2023) on financing of African Union-led peace support operations.

The AU Commission and the UN Secretariat were represented by AU Commissioner Bankole Adeoye (Political Affairs, Peace and Security); and the Under-Secretaries-General Rosemary DiCarlo (Political and Peacebuilding Affairs), Jean-Pierre Lacroix (Peace Operations), Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union), and Assistant Secretaries-General Martha Pobee (Africa) and Lisa Buttenheim (Operational Support). The meeting was also attended by other senior officials from the two Organizations.

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2024-04-21 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/joint-communique-the-united-nations-african-union-joint-task-force-on-peace-and-security-holds-its-twenty-third-consultative-meeting
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1209th Meeting of the PSC held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Situation in Sudan]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-situation-in-sudanAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1209th meeting, held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Situation in Sudan.

The Peace and Security Council,

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on the situation in Sudan, in particular, Communique [PSC/MIN/COMM.1185 (2023)]adopted at its meeting held at ministerial level on 15 November 2023; [PSC/AHG/COMM.1156 (2023)] adopted at its 1156th meeting held at the level of Heads of State and Government on 27 May 2023 and Communique [PSC/PR/COMM.1149 (2023)] adopted at its 1149th meeting held on 16 April 2023; as well as Press Statement [PSC/PR/BR.1154 (2023)] adopted at its 1154th meeting held on 16 May 2023;

Reaffirming the continued commitment of the AU to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity and independence of the Republic of Sudan;

Reiterating the AU's solidarity with the people of Sudan in their legitimate aspiration for the restoration of constitutional order through a civilian-led government;

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the AU and Stand-In Chairperson of the PSC for April 2024; the Introductory Statement by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; the briefing by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, AU High Representative for Silencing the Guns; as well as the statements by the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Sudan, H.E. Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra; and by the representative of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD); and

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2024-04-19 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-situation-in-sudan
<![CDATA[Communique of the 1209th Meeting of the PSC held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Security Situation in the Gulf of Guinea-Robust Response to Combat Maritime Insecurity and Piracy]]>/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-security-situation-in-the-gulf-of-guinea-robust-response-to-combat-maritime-insecurity-and-piracyAdopted by the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) at its 1209th   meeting held on 18 April 2024, on Briefing on the Security Situation in the Gulf of Guinea-Robust Response to Combat Maritime Insecurity and Piracy.

The Peace and Security Council,

Noting the opening remarks by H.E. Ambassador Jainaba Jagne, Permanent Representative of the Republic of The Gambia to the African Union (AU) and Stand-in PSC Chairperson for the month of April 2024, and the Introductory Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security; as well as the Presentation by the Deputy Executive Secretary of Natural Resources of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Mr. Venâncio Soares Gomes;

Also Noting the statements delivered by the Representatives of the Nigeria Navy, the Economic Community of East African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the United Nations Office to the AU (UNOAU) and the European Union (EU) Delegation to the AU;

Recalling its previous decisions and pronouncements on maritime security in Africa, as well as on maritime security and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region, particularly, Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.1174 (2023)] adopted at its 1174th meeting held on 18 September 2023 and Communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.1128 (2022)] adopted at its 1128th meeting held on 19 December 2022; and;

Reaffirming  the AU commitment to ensure full operationalization of Decision [Assembly/AU/Dec.496 (XXII)] on Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS 2050) and its Plan of Action, adopted by the 22nd  Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, held from 30 to 31 January 2014; and the Africa Blue Economy Strategy, developed following the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 to 28 November 2018; also reaffirming the commitment to ensure full implementation of the Africa Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa, adopted by the AU Extraordinary Summit held on 15 October 2016, in Lomé, Togo; as well as the  Africa Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC) and the Plan of Action adopted by the 15th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, held in Kampala, Uganda, on 26 July 2010; and

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2024-04-18 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/communique-of-the-1209th-meeting-of-the-psc-held-on-18-april-2024-on-briefing-on-the-security-situation-in-the-gulf-of-guinea-robust-response-to-combat-maritime-insecurity-and-piracy
<![CDATA[Remarks by Dr. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah, Director of Conflict Management Directorate in the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department, to the Workshop on Autonomous Weapons System: An ECOWAS Perspective, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 17 – 18 April 2024]]>/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-to-the-workshop-on-autonomous-weapons-system-an-ecowas-perspective-freetown-sierra-leone-17-18-april-2024-                His Excellency, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone,

-                Honourable Ministers of Government,

-                Members of the Diplomatic and Consular Corps,

-                Members of the Media,

-                Excellencies,

-                Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, His Excellence Ambassador Bankole Adeoye, it is a singular honour to be back to the motherland to participate in this important conference. I would also like to express the gratitude of the African Union Commission to the Republic of Sierra Leone for inviting the African Union (AU) to this important event on such a timely topic.

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2024-04-17 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/remarks-by-dr-alhaji-sarjoh-bah-director-of-conflict-management-directorate-in-the-political-affairs-peace-and-security-department-to-the-workshop-on-autonomous-weapons-system-an-ecowas-perspective-freetown-sierra-leone-17-18-april-2024
<![CDATA[AU holds a workshop on Cyber Diplomacy ]]>/en/article/press-release-au-holds-a-workshop-on-cyber-diplomacyThe Political Affairs, Peace and Security (PAPS) Department of the African Union Commission, jointly with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH partnership for strengthening cybersecurity project, held a workshop on Cyber Diplomacy for the embassies and permanent Missions of the AU Member States in Addis Ababa, at the AU Headquarters from 15 to 16 April 2024.

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2024-04-16 00:00:00 GMTPeace, Security, AfricaKodjo Tchioffo/en/article/press-release-au-holds-a-workshop-on-cyber-diplomacy